Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - librarycatnip - LibraryThing
This is one of those deeply philosophical books for me that takes a long time to read. I have to savor, and underline, and re read, and highlight. It is thoroughly practical and sympathetic to the human condition, and the role that writing plays within it. Read full review
Review: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and LifeUser Review - D. Prokop - Goodreads
More inspirational than instructional. "Take it bird by bird." I stink at descriptions, so that advice is the best for me personally. Beginning writers who need frank and honest words owe a big debt to this author. Thanks, Anne. Read full review
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